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only 9 days left to stop the automatic across- the-board spending cuts. that's why the pentagon is expected to announce a plan to furlough nearly 800,000 civilian employees one day each week beginning in april. that's essentially a 20% pay cut. federal law requires the pentagon to warn congress of furloughs at least 45 days in advance. exceptions here will include political appointees and people whose job functions are considered necessary to protect life and property. but some d.o.d. civilian firefighters, police officers, nurses and other emergency workers could still be furloughed. if these furloughs go on for some time, they'll add up to around a month of lost pay by the end of september. warnings are going out about the possible impact of these cutses on our local and national economies. the. spoke out yesterday and local leaders are figuring out exactly what's at stake. >> montgomery county alone in terms of this tax base, each day based on our estimates is a possibly $500,000. >> ten days of furloughs equal $120 million in lost income in federal employees for the county.
. and that is the good news but it could have really gone terribly wrong. the first robbery happened here at pentagon city mall, very busy as we all know. the second, the very busy downtown frederick. now police in both jurisdictions are working together to try to solve these crimes and quickly. take a look at surveillance video of tuesday's robbery, 1:30 in the afternoon at colonial jewelers in downtown frederick. three men run into the store, force employees down to the floor at gunpoint. spray others with pepper spray and then smash into the jewelry case. over at zales in pentagon city monday, four men run two employees out of the shop, smash the glass case, and take off with $127,000 worth of rings. >> very bold behavior. a crowded mall, 11:00 a.m. broad daylight, very bold behavior. this is something we haven't seen in arlington for a while. >> reporter: very bold behavior. they haven't seen it in a while so they'll work very hard to try to get to the bottom of this before it happens again. you can imagine that other jewelry store owners and employees are on edge after seeing this incredible vid
. >> if a deal is not reached between congress and the white house, the pentagon faces $46 billion in budget cuts over seven months beginning in march. the defense department would also face additional cuts next year and beyond. >> president obama this morning will travel to decatur, georgia tech visit pre-k students and then speak at a recreation center. is afternoon he returns to the white house to take part in a fireside hang out on google+ to discuss a state of the union address and to interact. it starts at 4:50 p.m. and will be streamed live on the white house web site for along with his youtube and google+ pages. >> the postal service puts congress in an interesting predicament with its decision to end saturday delivery. >> can possible merger between u.s. airways and american. linda bell joining us from bloomberg headquarters in new york. anne valentine data you. >> happy valentine's day. looks like it's finally nearing an end. directors have voted on the merger approved $11 billion deal yesterday. this sets the stage for an announcement later today. the combined airline will fly under th
marco joins us with the details. >> it happened at the fashion mall in pentagon city earlier today. you can clearly see four men wearing hoods walk into zales jewelry store. at least one suspect is armed with a hammer and begins smashing away at the glass. the others help peel it back and all four grab what they can. they made off with 27 diamond rings, estimated value $128,000. after grabbing the rings the suspects took off running for the nearest exit. it led to the top level of the parking garage where there was a get-away driver in a red sedan. they drove through a closed gate exiting onto 15th street. investigators are checking security cameras in the garage to see if they can get a better description on the car or tag numbers. >> it's pretty scary because you come to the city thinking there's security and there's security all over the mall. so that is pretty gutsy on their behalf. >> they did conceal their identities by wearing hoods and i don't know if it's masks, but they did conceal their faces. so maybe through clothes the public will be able to help us locating these individuals.
with us. nbc's chief correspondent. what are you hearing at the pentagon. >> officials knew this was coming although they didn't know the exact timing. this one has set off alarm bells, particularly because of the size of the blast. we're not relying on north korea claims here. south korea's seismic readings on the blast said it was somewhere about 6 or 7 kilotons, which could make it anywhere from 3 to 6 times more powerful than any previous weapon they set off before. north korea did claim they did this with a much smaller warhead, which would indicate they could be making progress miniaturizing a missile that could be launched at the united states. that's north korea and nobody is taking that seriously at this point and quite frankly, that's impossible to prove. within minutes, it seemed, after the blast was reported, the white house responded and president obama called it a highly provocative act that undermines regional stability and threatens ultimately u.s. national security. the president said it demands swift and credible action by the international community. that'
in the pentagon city mall in arlington yesterday. it is not believed the two incidents are linked. no arrests have been made yet in either case. >>> coming up tonight, dramatic new video. firefighters run for cover trying to put out the flames at an elementary school. see what started the fire >> new details are emerging after the daring rescue in alabama. why police saw from, what police saw from afar that forced them to move in and open fire. >> the power struggle in the super dome tonight we will tell you what we know about the blackout at the super bowl. and the >>> cameras captured a close call for firefighters in southern washington state. working to put out a fire at an elementary school. a blast of heat and embers sent crews running for cover. nobody was seriously hurt. the cause of the fire is still under investigation. tonight the fbi has release nude photos after the hostage standoff in midland, alabama that went on for a week. news sources say a fire fight erupted when swat teams stormed the bunker yesterday. rescuing a 5-year-old boy named ethan. the kidnapper, jimmy lee dykes, was ki
in reductions by march 1st. if not, they would shrink pentagon spending by 7.9% and domidwesting spending by 5.3% and medicare a 2% reduction. >> i believe they should pass a smaller package of spending cuts and tax reforms that would delay the economically damaging affects of the sequester for a few more mots until congress finds a way. >> reporter: the president wants to raise more money by ending tax loopholes, but republicans want deeper entitlement cuts. >> if we're going to connect with the american people, it's important that they see not only that we're serious about solving our debt problems. >> a studdie by george mason university estimated 448,000 jobs could be affected in d.c., maryland, and virginia. for months, defense contractors have pleaded for action. >> we would hope that congress would meet their obligations to us and to the public. >> reporter: virginia congressman frank wolf wrote to the president and speaker arguing the bipartisan plan would avoid sequestration and stop its widespread affect on jobs. >> sequestration will hurt not only the defense side bow the non-defens
the plants and production facilities across the country. >> reporter: the pentagon says military readiness and civilian employees will suffer and many republicans agree that the cuts will hurt. others say the president's insistence on new tax hikes ignores other reductions that could replace the sequester cuts. >> in you were to pay federal employees about the same level you pay private employees that saves about $32 billion a year. other places to cut. you could cut foreign aid in half and save $20 billion. so we have a list of savings we could send to the president if he's interested and we could do this without laying anybody off. >> reporter: now, there is a campaign element to all this. the president has been crisscrossing the country, trying to drum up public support and put more pressure on congress to get a deal done. next week he will head to newport to talk specifically about the cuts to the pentagon. back to you. >> sherri ly, thank you very much. >>> in other news, d.c. council members are holding a special meeting next week to discuss taking possible action against ward one co
? >> at the pentagon. >> this is the first time hearing of this. when did this happen? did they make this decision on the cruise ship? >> no. no, they didn't. it actually happened in washington. >> really? that's fascinating. >> which is its own permanent port-a-potty. >> okay. mika, for those of us that were just sitting there looking at a cruise ship for 24 hours instead of following the real news, why don't you catch us up with what actually happened yesterday in the news. >> republicans blocked a vote yesterday that would have ended the debate and allowed for a final decision one way or another. democrats fell just shy of the votes needed to advance the process. something president obama chalked up to partisan politics. >> there's nothing in the constitution that says that somebody should get 60 votes. there are only a handful of instances in which there's been any kind of filibuster of anybody for a cabinet position in our history. and what seems to be happening -- and this has been growing over time -- is the republican minority in the senate seem to think that the rule now is that you have
training, cutbacks in operations, and layoffs of civilian pentagon employees plus civilian defense contractors. >> it's an idiotic management nightmare to try to run a complex sophisticated, long-term program when you have short-term, massive cuts. >> reporter: deep cuts also loom in social services. outgoing defense secretary panetta slammed democrats and republicans for their game of chicken. >> let's see how bad it can get in order to have the other party blink. >> reporter: some senate republicans today said push the deadline back seven months. but house speaker john boehner said in effect he will not blink. >> at some point, washington has to deal with its spending problem. i've watched them kick the can down the road for 22 years that i've been here. i've had enough of it. it's time to act. >> reporter: another obama/boehner battle. for now the dead line stands. 23 days and no deal yet. i'm steve handlesman. >>> floyd corkins is 28 years old. he entered his this morning and told the judge he intended to make a statement against gay rights opponents. he shot a security guard i
on tape. take a look. four masked men walked into zale's jewelry store at the fashion center at pentagon city. the men smashed a display case and took off with 27 diamond rings. a car was waiting in the parking lot for them at the time. fortunately, no one was hurt during this. the rings are worth more than $120,000. anyone with information is asked to call arlington county police. police. >>> new this morning, the d.c. region is once again tops when it comes to the worst traffic congestion in the country. >> and from the sounds of it, it is only going to get worse. fox 5's melanie alnwick is live along i-207 in rockville, maryland with details of this brand-new study. >> good morning. at this hour of the morning, of course, things moving along pretty well along 270. as we know, with any of the major arteries and the side roads in the area, just one little accident can snarl the entire morning for commuters. it really is becoming a problem and it just -- it is one of those things that isn't getting any better. now, according to the texas transportation institute study, they say that our
a search for answers after a murder/suicide this morning. >>> an an emotional day at the pentagon. the legacy leon panetta is leaving behind as he says good-bye. >>> and it's the first dave our amazing makeovers. the mom of a wounded warrior gets a brand-new rook. good morning. welcome to "news4 midday." i'm keith russell. >> and i'm barbara harrison. it's tuesday, february 12th, 2013. we start in college park. two people are dead, another person injured after a murder/suicide at the university of maryland campus. >> all three of university of maryland campus. megan mcgrath is live. >> reporter: it happened at this house behind me on 36th avenue. this is a rental like many of the homes on this block. the tenants, three university of maryland students. one of his two students turned on his two roommates shooting them before killing himself. a bullet hole through the rear window. the window of this suv shot out. and evidence of the fire that started it all. police release the photo of the damage. three university of maryland students live on the home in on 36th avenue. early this mo
somewhere by march 1st. otherwise, pentagon spending would shrink by 7.9%. domestic spending by 5.3% and medicare would take a 2% reduction. the president prefers an option that raises more money by closing tax loopholes. republicans want to stick with spending cuts only. a study by george mason university estimated that 448,000 jobs in d.c., maryland and virginia could be affected by automatic indiscriminate budget cuts. business leaders and local congressmen are concerned about the impact on our economy. >> and sequestration will hurt not only the defense side but the non-defense side. my committee funds the f.b.i. there will probably be furloughs at the f.b.i. there will be furloughs potentially at the national cancer institute, at nih. this thing has ramifications for defense and non-defense. >> reporter: the cuts were originally scheduled to kick in january 1st because congress couldn't grow on a broad package to reduce the deficit several times in 2011 and 2012 in excomping for republicans agreeing to raise the debt ceiling and they were pushed off again during the year-end
and significant others of service members. the perks which were previously denied by the pentagon include child care services, as well as access to on-base commissaries and movie theaters. the policy changes go into effect once training is completed. >> jobs do you know about what's on your credit report? as many as 40 million americans have errors on their credit reports, things like misspelled names, wrong addresses and birth dates. and even in some cases, wrong payment history. those mistakes can keep you from getting a loan, qualifying for lower interest rates and even cost you your job. if you find an error on your credit report, you should immediately contact the credit agencies. >>> this morning, intrigue is building around the world about who will be the next pope. next month more than 100 cardinals will meet at the vatican to begin the closed door ritual called the conclave. 11 cardinals, including donned worrell are eligible to vote. pope benedict will not vote for his successor. he will step down february 28th. he will eventually move into a monastery in the vatican dedicating his ti
in the city. >> today the pentagon informed hundreds of thousands of civilians how they will be impacted. jennifer johnson on capitol hill with that part of the story. >> good afternoon, jim. congress has just over a week to come up with a deficit reduction plan. if not, these cuts will go into effect which will greatly impact the pentagon. . the defense department will take the biggest hit if congress can't come up with a budget deal and the so-called sequester, $85 billion in across the board automatic spending cuts goes into effect by law. >> i think we'll have serious readiness effects. these are legally binding limits. we will have to cut back on training significantly. >> in a letter to congress, defense secretary leone panetta said the vast majority of the department's 800,000 civilian workers will have to be furloughed one day a week. in essence a 20% pay cut. new secretary of state john kerry warned of global consequences. >> in these days of looming budget sequester, that everyone actually wants to avoid, or most, we can't be strong in the world unless we are strong at home. >>
in brokering more of these kinds of deals. in green belt, i'm tracee wilkins, news4. >>> today the pentagon announced the creation of a new medal that recognizes 21st century war fare. the distinguished war fare medal will be awarded to troops that launch drone strikes or direct cyberattacks. they assist during combat missions without ever setting foot in a combat zone. defense secretary panetta is expected to announce the new medal. it says it would recognize exception appear contributions made from afar. we're told that medal would be considered a bit higher ranking than the bronze star. >>> nbc news has learned that general john allen is expected to withdraw his name from consideration as the top commander of nato. military official say allen does not want to put his family through repeated discussions about jill kelly. kelly is the woman who claims to have received threatening e-mails from paula broadwell. that claim triggered the investigation that led to the resignation of cia director david petraeus. pentagon investigation cleared allen of any wrongdoing in that case. >>> today's ash
news. it is bad news on the domestic side and on the pentagon side. and it's not to be taken lightly on the domestic side. every single program that people count on is going to be cut across the board, 13%. >> that's social security. >> that's medicare. >> that's medicaid. >> that's headstart. >> that's -- it's -- it is so bad that the congressional budget office said: this sequester will take us not right away but probably by the end of the year from recovery into recession. back into recession. so this thing, here you go, you do this. the economy is going to tank. i was in the briefing room friday at the whitehouse when secretary ray lahood came in secretary of transportation, ray lahood, talking about just one other aspect of that, of the sequester that we can expect and that is in air travel. the secretary mentioned they have no flexibility in this. they have to cut so much and the only wake they can cut with so many employees they've got is to make -- is to require some of them to take a furlough. most of their employees are air traffic controllers.
was also inducted into the hall of heroes at the pentagon and honored with a parade. since then meyer has raised more than a million dollars to help send the children of wounded marines to college. and finally, as you have all seen, he is the author of "into the fire: a firsthand account of the most extraordinary battle in the afghan war." leading authorities is very proud to exclusively represent dakota meyer, and now i want to show you a video to hear more about dakota and his story. thank you. ♪ >> it's kind of frustrating because, you know, everyone wants to get an interview about the worst day of your life. >> it was a straightforward mission that then-21-year-old sergeant dakota meyer had been assigned that day. meyer waited anxiously by the vehicles as his team began their parol of the village on foot. as they approached, all hell l broke loose. more than 50 insurgents fired from positions on mountains surrounding the valley and from within the village. back at the vehicles, meyer heard the firing and could see into the valley. the volume of fire increased, and the radio traffic
with a balanced approach to new revenue and necessary pentagon cuts and it creates jobs all over the country. it equalizes the cuts we've already made with revenue by closing tax loopholes for america's wealthiest individuals and corporations. but we shouldn't just sacrifice our economic recovery because republicans are unwilling to vote for one single penny and new revenue, new contributions from their billionaire friends and corporations. we have to look at what these cuts mean in the sequester. the sequester involves 70,000 children being kicked off of head start. no one in this chamber disagrees about the importance of head start. early childhood education is absolutely essential in creating the foundation for learning in children all over the world. and that's what head start is about. 70,000 american children being kicked off head start. that's what happens when you use a meat cleaver instead of a scalpel. we're talking about more than a million kids who will see their schools lose education funding. we're talking about emergency responders who will lose their jobs, meaning slower resp
federal government except the pentagon. all of a sudden the last couple of months hitting this arbitrary political target is vital. what is vital, as i said, is having a deficit strategy that's consistent with sound economic growth and making sure that we strengthen the middle class and that means as a first step to make sure that our deficits, as the economy improves, as we grow, that our deficits are not growing faster than g.d.p. and that we stabilize the debt as a percentage of g.d.p. because if you don't, as the economy improves, higher government borrowing -- we need to adopt that strategy and adopt it now. have it kicked in over a period of time. we just got very good news that the rate of per capita increase in health care costs is actually at the lowest level of 50 years. we need to continue to adopt strategies to keep that -- those costs increase low. as as demographic changes means baby boomers retire and we clearly need to keep working on those issues. but let me just sum up where we are in terms of our deficit reduction targets. over the last little over two years we have no
was at the zales in pentagon city. >>> 5:05. time for the latest your money report of the morning. >> jessica doyle is here with headlines. what are we starting with, jess? >> it was kind of a bland finish for wall street but it was a roller coaster kind of day on wall street. you don't get that from just looking at the closing numbers. the dow was down as much as 66 points at one point but managed to pull out a win and the latest round of earnings reports didn't inspire a lot of buying. the dow starts today just below 14,000, maybe we'll get there today after rising seven point in trade yesterday. it's up nearly 6% so far this year. the nasdaq was down by 3 points and the s&p 500 was up by about a point. >>> a new merger in the airline industry would create the world's largest airline. "the wall street journal" reports that american airlines parent and u.s. airways are hashing out the final details. this deal would be executed as a reorganization that takes american out of chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. >>> doctors making house calls has taken on a whole new meaning. hundreds of thousands of pe
that americans are com play september about defense cuts and cutting the pentagon. does that make it harder to sway republicans? >> i would point you to what republicans have said about sequester on national security and on our defense readiness. it is a fact that it affects deployment, it affects -- it would have negative impacts on army readiness, it imposes cuts to air force flying hours. i think that is a concern to all americans who worry about our national defense. but it would also, again, result in 0,000 kids getting kicked off of head start. it would rezurlt to cuts in mental health services to children. it would have cuts to teachers and to mental health care. that is to just name a few. to the jobs of first responders and others who would be affected by this. the reason why the list is so long because the sequester was written to be broad and, therefore, not to become policy. we call on congress to take reasonable and appropriate action, to pass legislation that would buy down the sequester, postpone the sequester with a package of spending cuts and revenue increase. we're makin
jennifer griffin live from the pentagon with more on that. >> reporter: today the deputy defense secretary, jon, warned by the end of the year two-thirds of all army units will not be ready to fight other wars, and there won't be enough money to put out to sea a third of the navy ships. the warning comes one day after the pentagon told congress it is going to have to furlough half of its 800,000-civilian workers. the hardest-hit states, california and virginia. our team went to hampton roads, virginia, yesterday. tom taylor owns a ship repair business there. >> it's not like turning on a spigot. you don't turn it on, turn it off, you know? if it's canceled, these things are months or years in the planning stage, so if they are canceled, you know, they don't come right back, you know? so that's pretty alarming. >> i want to know when am i looking -- am i getting laid off in march or april? you're one of those people who are living paycheck to paycheck, then you're, you have no secondary plan, and that's going to be horrible, it's going to cause a lot of stress. >> i'm very concerned about t
at pentagon city mall. the men smashed a display case with a hammer and then took off with 27 diamond rings. a car was waiting for them in the parking lot. >> it was pretty scary. you come to the city thinking there is security and there is security all over the mall so that is pretty gutsy on their behalf. >> they did conceal their identities by wearing hoods and i don't know if it is masked but they did conceal the faces. so maybe through clothes, the public will be able to help us locate the individuals. >> the rings are worth more than $120,000. anyone with information should call arlington county police. >>> president obama takes his push for gun control reform on the road speaking with law enforcement about his plans to prevent another tragedy. >> new information about a bus company involved in a fatal crash over the weekend. details on a long list of safety problems coming up. time now is 4:36. [ male announcer ] with over 50 delicious choices of green giant vegetables it's easy to eat like a giant... ♪ and feel like a green giant. ♪ ho ho ho ♪ green giant [ huhummin] [ babblin
for the city. a heads up for anyone the pentagon metro station today. aresouthside escalators all crews replace them. still be able to access the station using the northsideand .scalators it is expected to be finished this fall. replace 100 28 metrotors throughout the system. >> 5:37 right now. still ahead, the redskins did not make it to the super bowl, still hadarterback reason to celebrate. [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. i just served my mother-in-law your chicken noodle soup but she loved it so muto... i told her it was homemade. everyone tells a little white lie now and then. but now she wants my recipe [ clears his throat ] [ softly ] she's right behind me isn't she? [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. of green giant vegetables it's easy to eat like a giant... ♪ and feel like a green giant. ♪ ho ho ho ♪ green giant maryland invites you to an open house. any day during february. good morning, washington. welcome back to "good morning washington." we are here chatting during commercial breaks. let's check in with weather. donow we all know what you during commer
-and-grab at a zale's in pentagon city mall monday. >> a northern virginia congressman is explain sag port for a bill to legalize marijuana. representative jim moran and d.c. delegate, eleanor holmes horton are two of several co-sponsors of a measure introduced. calls for decriminalizing marijuana on a federal level and allowing states to regulate it. it is time to reform our drug laws. he told news 4 -->>> no more mail saturdays. the u.s. postal service will scale back beginning in august. the agency says the move will save $2 billion a year. the post office reported nearly $16 billion in losses last year. meanwhile, as traditional mail scales back, today apple announced it delivered its 25 billionth song on aye tuitunes. >> watching a storm that could have a major impact across the northeast. >> storm team 4 chief meteorologist doug kammerer will let us know what we can expect. anything at all, doug for us? >> we know, we keep trying to look at the storms. keep trying to come our way. and they simply move out of our way. right now what we are dealing with the storm. and it does so, we will be watch
information. they are also hacking pentagon contractors. >> when they hit the defense industrial base, they steal documents, word documents, power point documents, power point documents. when they hit the private sector blue chip american companies, we see more target threats against the e-mail. >> the democratic chair of the senate intelligence committee said, quote, this is a sobering public report. it clearly demonstrates the need to pass cybersecurity legislation as soon as possible. >> still ahead, the return of the wizards. >> that's right. plus, why rg iii took to twitter to defend his new commercial featuring the redskin star quarterback, coming up next.  every time someone chooses finish over cascade, it sparks a movement. because people can't keep it to themselves. look ! no ugly spots ! awesome! incredible shine. i'm switching for good. love, love, love finish! over a million people have switched to finish. visit us on facebook. >>> the wizards and bradley beal of the game. before the game, beal received an award as the eastern conference rookie of the month
the express bus service to the pentagon. this is all to enhance service when the silver line metro begins again this year. some writers say switching to metro could significantly increase their commute. it appears chuck hagel has enough votes to become the next secretary of defense. >> he secured the necessary votes when richard shelby of alabama changed sides. he said he would vote for him. shall be joined republicans initially it last week for an unprecedented filibuster. first lady michelle obama is making a return to late-night tv. she will appear tonight on late- night with jimmy fallon. this will mark the third anniversary of her fitness and -- initiative let's move. >> jacqui joins us now. good to see you. >> we're looking at live pictures out of chicago. look no further than chicago. you can see at the bottom of the screen -- >> chicago has been about as we have been. a snow drought. and received less than an inch. it will pick up later this evening. they could see their heaviest snowfall, which could be about three or 5 inches. 17 inches of snowfall in kansas. it has been a crazy
return home, and i admit that when we first asked him to lead the pentagon, his answer was simple -- no. but i kept asking him. i am persistent. that is how michelle married me. i just kept at it, and it is a testament to his patriotism, to his sense of duty, that leon agreed to serve on this one last tour. perhaps it was the memory of his parents and opening their homes up to gi's added to the pacific, perhaps leon served himself, a young lieutenant in the army. perhaps it was the experience of watching his youngest son deployed to afghanistan. what we do know is this -- as our nation's's 23rd secretary of defense and every action beyond panetta has taken, every decision he has made has been with one goal in mind -- taking care of our sons and our daughters in uniform and keeping america safe. just think of the progress under his watch. because we ended the war in iraq, winding down the war in afghanistan, our troops are coming home, and next year our war in afghanistan will come to an end. we have put the core of al qaeda on the path to defeat. we have been relentless against its affi
in the pentagon budget, we put $300 billion into jobs, which saves teachers, which invests in school frukt, a and helps schools. >> congressman, mr. ryan and mr. mcconnell at the beginning of this year said quite clearly the revenues issue is now closed. it's off the table. there are no more discussions on revenues. >> so they would rather cut home heating oil for seniors -- >> yes. >> they'd rather cut women and infants and children. >> yes. >> food grams. >> yes. >> they'd rather cut things like that than ask rich people for more money? >> what about meals on wheels, head start. that's what they'd like to cut, this is correct. >> so it's brutal. it's cruel. and it will cause layoffs and we will see economic growth decline, and they're willing to do this just to protect the wealthiest few. and i think it's a moral outrage. i think americans of all stripes ought to stand up and say no. and this is why the progressive caucus members have offered the balancing act. because, you know, there is a way forward. there is a way to address budgetary and gdeficit issues ad invest in our economy. the
a look at this. four masked men walked into zale's jewelry store at the pentagon city mall. the men smashed adisplea case and took off with 27 diamond rings worth more than $120,000. >>> dog lovers will be rallying in annapolis today. we are trying to change the maryland law that singles out pit bulls as an inherently dangerous breed. a state senate committee will hear a new bill today that would ease the court of appeals ruling last year that held pit bull owners and landlords to strict standards. it would let defendants have a chaps to court to try to prove the dog was not dangerous. >>> a push tomorrow prove the city's health care. phil mendelsohn will propose a bill that, for passed would mandate a nurse to patient ratio. yesterday, supporters packed the d.c. council chambers and they say the bill is necessary to combat a growing problem of fewer nurses and more patients in hospitals. >>> d.c. mayor vincent gray will deliver his state of the district tonight. he is expected to lay out the current status of the city and outline his plans for 2013. the mayor says the surplus will
of jobs in our area could be in jeopardy from classrooms to the pentagon. fox 5 morning news continues right now. right now. >>> good morning to you. straight up 6:00. live look outside right now. the washington monument in the background right now. temperatures 31 degrees. a chilly wednesday, hump day, february 6, 2013. good morning to you. i'm wisdom martin. >> we do have two school delays to pass along to you. garrett county, maryland public schools are on a two-hour delay and also a two-hour delay for the mountain ridge district in allegany county. a little bit of weather they are dealing with out there. >> yeah, we've had the series of clipper systems and they've been getting a little more each time than what we get around here. a little icy. that is the worst of t to the east of the bay, we are getting reports of fog. otherwise, around here, just some cloud cover to start your morning. your commute should be dry. kids going to the bus stop, it is cold in the low 30s. want to be ready for a february morning. but later this afternoon, a little sunshine. something we haven't done fo
maintenance by a third, support would be cut to more than 30 weapons systems. and the pentagon announced yesterday that the 5,000 crew members of the u.s.s. truman will be staying in norfolk and not deploying to the persian gulf saving hundreds of millions of dollars. outgoing defense secretary leon panetta spoke to u.s. d.a. about these concerns -- "u.s.a. today" about his concerns with these cuts. >> if something else came up in syria or mali or in libya, it wouldn't necessarily be an automatic thing that we'd be able to send troops or equipment to those places. >> there are other areas that could be impacted too besides direct defense consequences. there would be no money for military air shows like we see at andrews, no flyovers at sporting events like the super bowl or nats park. troops in the field will take a hit in the pocket, too. a planned pay raise would be cut nearly in half and civilian defense workers could be furloughed, as many as 800,000 d.o.d. civilians around the country for up to 22 days. they could also face a 20% cut in their salaries. we know the impact that would
senate confirmations of the president's picks to lead the pentagon and cia unless the white house releases more information about the attack. the obama administration has not commented on graham's threat. >>> jury selection begins in the trial of a man federal agents call one. most dangerous men ever in prince george's county. prosecutors say jason scott killed two mothers and daughters in 2009. scott is already serving time for a crime spree that police say included burglaries, home invasions and a sexual assault. they say he used the computer at the ups facility where he worked to target his victims. >>> new developments in the murder case of a 15-year-old chicago teen gunned down after performing at an inauguration event in d.c. two people are in custody in chicago for questioning of the murder of hadiya pendleton. she was shot a mile away from the familiar -- the two suspects were pulled over early sunday. no formal charges have been filed. >>> police in los angeles are offering $1 million for information on ex-officer christopher dorner who is suspected of murdering three peo
. the abuse and waste and the fraud is astoppedding. i think the pentagon needs to be paired down. we need the pentagon to look at their own priorities." we are pressed for time so i would, if i could, have the joint chiefs go down the line, quickly, if you can answer with yes or no, whether you agree with the general characterization that the senator made. that'd be great. [laughter] >> let me try it. it's a good question. it's a fair question. i don't -- i can't speak for senator hagel, but my interpretation of that is that it is along the lines of something that secretary gates used to say which was that we had accumulated over the decade post-9/11 when our budget was just kept going up over year, and i said this in lo gist ticks. when the budget goes up year in and year out, it's fair to say that when you had a management problem, all of our managers, they -- it was easy to reach for more money to solve your managing problem, whether it's a technical program or problem or something like that. it was noticeable as secretary in logistics that in some places that having had accumulated ov
the pentagon press corps for an award called the distinguished medal. he also addressed north korea's's nuclear program and the troops withdraw and afghanistan and sequestration. >> as you know, this is i believe my final press conference here at the pentagon briefing room. there are moments when i thought it was the last act of an italian opera. i'm not sure exactly when it would end and the fat lady would sing. but i think that the congress will act and they will confirm chuck hagel this week. so what i wanted to do is to use this opportunity to first of all thank you all, all of you that are part of the press corps here and the press in general. throughout my 50 years in public service, i have always believed very deeply in the role of the press. because i believe deeply in the role of the american people in our democracy, the information is the key to an informed electorate. while we may or may not agree with every story in the grand scheme of things, because of the work of the press i believe the truth always comes out. and in the end, we cannot really serve the american people well unless
the pentagon which is why the sequester idea was terrible. it's a choice between higher tacks and lower military spending. i don't know who agreed to that. the president likes that choice. >> even if congress would get together and give him the authority to change the areas we cut, even though we stay at the same dollar line, you would be of the opinion he would want to cut the military? >> absolutely. i think we will have the sequestration. i think the objective should be as soon as we can get military spending back up where it should be and cut domestic spending more deeply. >> former ambassador to the united nations, john bolton. great to see you. have a great weekend. >> thank you. >> remember the mayor and fired himself when the town was broke? he says it's not his fault he's illiterate. and did george washington really chop down a cherry tree? we have three minutes to study up because we are taking a history test. brian is getting behind the podium. that makes me nervous. are you cheating? >> what is this about george washington and me staying behind the podium? >> bite out of an
was confirmed as defense secretary with deep cuts to the pentagon budget set to hit three days later. after months of defense department officials forecasting armageddon and with congress unable and unwilling to prevent the steep spending cuts, he will be entering his role as a crisis. that in the national journal. and to recap, chuck hagel has been confirmed as new defense secretary but the senate voting 58-41. and in our primetime schedule starting at 8:00 eastern time on c-span, debate from the senate floor on chuck hagel's nomination. on c-span2, remarks from attorney general eric holder on reducing gun violence and gun control laws. on c-span3, the senate finance committee holds a hearing on automatic budget cuts and who will -- with the fiscal problems. house republican leaders today said that the president and senate democrats bear responsibility for avoiding $85 billion in automatic spending cuts that begin on friday. house speaker john boehner starts this 10-minute briefing on capitol hill. >> the president, as you are all aware, insisted that he not have to go over the debt ceilin
to the editor and of course the car tunes. printing resumed after world war ii and the pentagon has published it regularly ever since on paper and online. our soldiers got the news 95 years ago today. and now you know the news for this friday, snow apocalypse friday february the 8th, 2013. we are keeping close watch on two stories. the hunt for the cop killer on the west coast, the snow apocalypse on the east coast. we are here for you throughout the night. >> bill: the o'reilly factor is on. tonight: >> i believe i heard you saying. >> yes i, did. >> did you say [bleep] me? >> bill: reacting to gross disrespect angry florida judge sentenced 18-year-old to 30 days in jail for cursing him. now there is a new turn in this case. we'll tell you all about it. >> we believe dorner shot and killed monica quan and keith lawrence while they sat in a vehicle in a parking structure. >> former l.a. police officer murders three innocent people and some folks are on the internet are actually applauding that. a shocking situation which geraldo will analyze. >> this is just another hack who wants 5 minutes o
to talk about the pentagon?" >> absolutely, yes. but i should say, that does seem to be a change in chairman upton's views before he took on this leadership. fred upton was, you know, has long been a moderate who's worked on this issue, who's reached across the aisle on these issues. before he became chairman of the house energy and commerce committee, on his website, he had the phrase that "climate change is a problem." that was deleted after he became chairman of the house energy committee. so, we're definitely seeing a shift on this. >> hockenberry: chairman upton declined frontline's request for an interview. but the congressman wasn't the only one not talking. in 2011, the national journal tried to poll all gop lawmakers on climate change. >> i came up with the idea to ask every republican member of congress three simple questions about climate change. they were very simple. they are basically, you know, "do you think that climate change is causing the earth to become warmer?" >> hockenberry: straightforward. >> how much, if any of that, do you think is attributable to human
. he had a vast network of old colleagues at the pentagon yurok receipt. .. when it comes to washington elite -- this is not a paula broad we were situation, this is strictly professional. can you imagine -- essentially subverting the chain of command. always kind of been a off the reservation guy. had gone his own way in doing what was necessary. in leavenworth, dug what needs to be done. at the same time, there's a civilian analyst who used to teach hoyt at west point, named fred kagan, who has written a study advocating the surge. petraeus and
true from the first year i was in the pentagon in 1962. it is by far the best military acquisition program in the world than it is certainly better than other government agency acquisition programs, some of which have also been involved. >> we grade on a curve there. don't worry. [laughter] >> there are seven things here that lead us in the wrong direction that i want to mention. it's a little confrontational. i do not think there is a legislative way to fix the acquisition. i do think the point made by admiral roughead is extremely important. you have to get the acquisition process, the requirements process working together more seamlessly than the currently do. that would be an important step forward. i do not believe there is a legislative design that can fix the whole matter. it is my experience and the secretary proposition which we had a drawdown that was closer to the 16%, may be in excess of that, there and what is planned for today, that it is very important to look at these two proposals. one is to cut half the programs if it exceeds 10% of the design costs. i will point
the cuts because, in fact, i think we have to cut the pentagon. >> yeah. >> if we can. >> but not to take an ax to it. the way we are approaching it, that means readiness gets cut where you want to maintain -- you always want to maintain readiness. >> that's what the real problem is. the sequester was designed by the republicans really as an alternative and they designed it in a way it was going to be so bad that we would never do it. now since they can't come up with anything else, even though they are they have the majority, some of them are talking that the sequester makes sense. you have to be specific and purposeful when you are designing a budget. >> we are talking to congressman peter welch, democrat from vermont here on the friday morning edition of the "full-court press." has there been any panel discussion? i believe i read about immigration reform there, and what is the feeling that, you know, it looks like something is going to get through the clearance. any hope of getting anything comprehensive through the house. >> there h
drastic. why wait until today to make these announcements? do you accept the criticism that the pentagon should have been warning about these sooner? >> first, we started the slowdown in spending on january 10. a number of the measures that i mentioned went into effect shortly after that. significant efforts were made to slow down spending on more draconian actions later. i know that people felt we should have said more earlier. 15 months ago the secretary sent a letter to the u.s. congress saying that the effects of sequestration would be devastating. that was october 2011. after that we testified in august and again in september, we listed every single major item we're talking about. we said that there would be cutbacks in readiness and a unit buys would go down with unit costs growing up. what we did not do was detailed budget planning. i do not regret that. if we did it 60 months ago, we would have been wrong. we would not know that congress would have changed the size and the date and we would not have incurred the degradation route. we sounded the alarm in every way that we could.
. >> we are under 10 days now. the pentagon briefed yesterday saying the furloughs among civilian employees would not take place until late april. >> i think the process begins, an administrative process for you and not something that will begin and notices began to go out but i would refer you to the pentagon for details. >> you have to cut into other things. >> each agency is dealing with the serious implications of the sequester to their budgets. the defense is one of those agencies that will be hit very hard but i refer you to the agencies themselves about how they are managing the process. >> the president got good news because rick scott said he now wants to expand medicaid. he is one of several -- several republican governors who have looked flopped on that. how does the white house review that? >> we are focused on implementation of the portable care act. we think the decisions made by governors across the country to move forward with implementation recognize that the benefits here for providing affordable health care to citizens of their state are very worthwhile. and we
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